People who are overweight or obese (severely overweight) are much more likely to have health problems than people who maintain a healthy weight. Taking in more calories (a measure of energy supplied by food or drink) than your body needs results in weight gain.
Large food portions, easy access to foods with poor nutritional value, and sedentary (inactive) lifestyles are common factors leading to obesity. There is now a standard way to measure overweight, obesity or severe (morbid) obesity, based on height and weight. This standard, the body mass index (BMI), is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms (2.2 pounds per kilogram) by the square of the height in meters (39.37 inches per meter). A BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight; 30 or more is considered obesity; and 40 or more, morbid obesity.
Losing just 10 percent of excess body weight has been shown to have good effects on your health. Slow weight loss (about 2 pounds per week) is most effective in keeping off the extra weight for the long term. Making simple lifestyle changes such as decreasing portion sizes, limiting snacks, eating a healthy diet (emphasizing fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods), and exercising regularly are life-long ways to maintain a healthy weight. Consult your doctor for specific recommendations.
For morbid obesity (extreme overweight), an operation to restrict the size of the stomach may be recommended. This is called bariatric surgery and may be offered as a treatment for extremely obese persons or obese individuals with medical complications of obesity. Bariatric operations are major surgery and have risks as well as possible benefits.
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